The big day arrives for Suffolk bride

Her hair is styled, her dress is beautiful and now all she needs to do is walk down the aisle.

Like Kate Middleton, the wait is over for Suffolk bride Charlotte Pip who will be marrying fiance James Durrant at Aldeburgh Parish Church today.

The Woodbridge couple won their big day through the East Anglian Daily Times and sister title, Pure Weddings magazine, and after months of preparation it is time for them to make their vows. However, Ms Pip’s last days as a single woman have not been as calm as she might have hoped.

While speculation over the design of Ms Middleton’s dress reaches fever pitch, Charlotte ’s dress was still with her seamstress on Wednesday after the first design did not work out and a second one had to be created.

Pippa Middleton, sister and bridesmaid of the future princess, has been spotted dashing around London ensuring everything is in place for the Royal wedding.

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But one of Ms Pip’s bridesmaids was taken into hospital on Saturday and was only given the all-clear a couple of days ago.

Charlotte, a chemotherapy nurse, said: “I don’t think I’ll relax until I’m walking down the aisle and the ceremony is over.

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“It has all been very exciting and, of course, a bit stressful but the main thing is I just can’t wait to marry James.”

Getting married on the same day as the biggest wedding since Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s has put the spotlight on Ms Pip and Mr Durrant’s nuptials.

The bride-to-be noted having so much interest in her big day has been a surreal experience. She said: “We had one journalist call us from the Czech Republic the other day – it has been crazy. Obviously this wouldn’t be happening if we weren’t getting married on the same day as Prince William and Kate Middleton. It feels like a huge deal and it is quite stressful.

“At the end of the day, we’re just normal people.”

The happy couple won the competition in September and will have their reception at Ufford Park Hotel, near Woodbridge.

They announced their wedding date before the Royals and were “stunned” when they discovered the clash.

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